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I didn't come here to kill kids: Hastie

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016

Federal MP Andrew Hastie has revealed for the first time how his accidental involvement in the deaths of two young brothers in Afghanistan prompted his move from the military to politics.

The boys, aged six and seven, were gathering firewood when they were killed by helicopter fire when an operation commanded by Mr Hastie went wrong in Oruzgan province on February 28, 2013.

The former SAS captain has told News Corp Australia mastheads he was "humbled and chastened" by the experience.

"War is a miserable experience," he said. "I remember saying to my boss 'I didn't come here to kill kids'. We entered the valley with good intentions and left a grieving family in our wake."

Hastie says he later faced the family of the boys and apologised.

"I stepped into the centre of the room with the uncle and said to them, 'I'm the commander, I was the guy who made the decision. And I said, 'I'm sorry, if I could take it back I would'."

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